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Paul Lewis

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Assoc Dir of Undergrad & Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902

Paul Lewis studies urban policy and local governments in the United States, and is also interested in the way people think and make judgments about public policy issues. Much of his published work examines urban and metropolitan development, and local policies toward immigrants. He is the author of Shaping Suburbia: How Political Institutions Organize Urban Development (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), coauthor of Custodians of Place: Governing the Growth and Development of Cities (Georgetown Univ. Press, 2009), and coauthor of Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016). His research has appeared in Economic Development Quarterly, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Policy History, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Urban Affairs, Law & Policy, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Sciences, State and Local Government Review, and Urban Affairs Review, and in several edited volumes and policy reports.

Lewis's research has received funding support from the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. From 1996-2005, he was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. He has served on editorial boards for Urban Affairs ReviewJournal of Urban Affairs, and State and Local Government Review. He has considerable experience conducting and analyzing elite surveys, having administered surveys to various sets of local government officials on nine occasions. 

Research Interests: 
  • Land use, housing and urban development policy; politics of city/regional planning
  • Urban politics; local government; metropolitan or regional governance
  • Local policies toward immigrants; local immigration policing
  • U.S. public policy (policy process, intergovernmental policy relations)
  • Public attitudes regarding cities and land use
  • Surveys of local government officials
Research Activity: 
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 427Social Welfare & Health Policy
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 325Public Policy Development
SGS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 410Governing American Cities
SGS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 325Public Policy Development
SGS 499Individualized Instruction
POS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 110American Government & Politics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 325Public Policy Development
POS 410Governing American Cities
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 110American Government & Politics
POS 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 310American National Government
POS 410Governing American Cities
POS 492Honors Directed Study
POS 493Honors Thesis
POS 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 325Public Policy Development
POS 492Honors Directed Study
POS 493Honors Thesis
POS 570Politics of Public Policy
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 599Thesis
POS 790Reading and Conference
POS 792Research
Honors / Awards: 
  • Outstanding Book in Policing, American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing (for Policing Immigrants, 2018)
  • Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine (for Policing Immigrants (coauthor), 2017; and for Shaping Suburbia, 1997
  • Charles Redd Award for Best Paper on Western Politics presented at the 2010 meeting of the Western Political Science Association (coauthor) 
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Public Policy & Management Fellow, School of Public Affairs

Work History: 
  • Public Policy Institute of California: Research Fellow (1996-2005), Program Director (2002-2005)
  • Florida International University: Assistant Professor (1994-1996)
  • Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies, SPGS (2020- )
  • Chair, Undergraduate Committee, School of Politics and Global Studies (2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21)
  • Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Member (2016-17)
  • Faculty Honors Advisor for Political Science, Barrett Honors College (Jan. 2015-May 2018)
  • Search Committees:  American Political Institutions (2019), Political Economy (2015-16), Comparative Politics (2012), Political Institutions (2010-11)
  • Advisory Committee, School of Politics and Global Studies, Member (2010-11, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18)
  • Best Poster Committee, APSA Public Policy Organized Section, Member (2014-15)
  • Co-Chair, Urban Politics Division, for APSA 2015 Annual Meeting (2014-15)
  • Executive Council, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association, Member (2012 - 2014, 2002 - 2003)
  • SPGS Colloquium Committee, Member (2009-10, 2013-14)
  • Urban Affairs Review, Editorial Board Member (2010 - 2013)
  • SPGS Planning & Leadership Committee, Member (2012-13)
  • Graduate Committee, Political Science, Member (2008-09, 2010-11, Spring 2019)
  • Preparing Future Faculty program, Panelist / guest speaker (2010, 2011)
  • Journal of Urban Affairs, Editorial Board member (2007 - 2010)
  • Undergraduate Committee (Political Science), Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Planning committee for interdisciplinary Ph.D. Concentration in Urbanism, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Junior Faculty Colloquium Committee, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • Undergraduate Committee (Political Science), Member (2006-07, 2007-08)
  • Urban Affairs Association, Program Committee for 2007 Annual Meeting (2006-07)
  • State and Local Government Review, Editorial Board member (2004 - 2006)
  • Urban Affairs Association, Program Committee for 2006 annual conferences (2005-06)